Entries by Bryan Baker

Relate: Loving Relationships Defined – Week 3, Day 4

Prioritizing Relationships Even Jesus had to prioritize relationships. It’s hard to imagine how Jesus, God’s presence in the flesh, could spend more time with some people than others. Was he playing favorites? Did he love some people more than others? Was he more comfortable with some people and less comfortable with others? Personal Relationships Imagine […]

Relate: Asking for and Giving Help – Week 3, Day 3

The Deepest Kind of Relationships Relationships deepen when people get real with each other. At the same time, there is a lot of risk in such an endeavor. Can we really trust people to help? What if we share something personal and they blab it to others? How can we know for sure that our […]

Relate: We Are All Helpers – Week 3, Day 2

We Are All Helpers Ed Welch in the book Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love says that we are all helpers. We need help and we need to help others.  And we help more often than we realize. We listen to a friend or a spouse about what happened at work […]

Relate: The Value of Walking with Others – Week 3, Day1

Walking with Others Ed Welch in his book Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love writes, “Yet weakness— or neediness— is a valuable asset in God’s community. Jesus introduced a new era in which weakness is the new strength. Anything that reminds us that we are dependent on God and other people […]

Relate: Our Relationships Matter – Week2, Day 5

Doing Life in Relationship with Others Our Relationships matter. We were created to do life in relationship with other people. That’s not easy. Especially when people are being difficult or there are the kind of people in life that we need to be cautious of, people like Nabal, who we learned about over the last […]